Thursday, February, 25, 2010

Al-Qaeda Central Capabilities, Allies, and Messages

New America Foundation
Al-Qaeda Central
Capabilities, Allies, and Messages
Foreign Policy LogoThursday, February 25, 20109:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.New America Foundation

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Two strikingly different but simultaneously accurate pictures of al-Qaeda have dominated recent discussion of the terrorist group: one, a resilient foe still determined to attack the United States and its interests abroad, and the other, a wounded organization whose leaders are being hunted down and killed. Join the New America Foundation’s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Foreign Policy magazine for a conference on the current state of the threat from al-Qaeda’s Afghanistan- and Pakistan-based central leadership, its allies, and messaging strategies.


9:30am- Introductions



Steve CollPresident, New America FoundationAuthor, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001


9:40am-  Panel 1: Al-Qaeda Central: A Threat Assessment



Paul CruickshankAlumni Fellow, New York University Center on Law and SecurityBarbara SudeSenior Political Scientist, RAND CorporationFormer Senior al-Qaeda Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency


Peter Bergen

Senior Fellow, New America Foundation

Author, The Osama bin Laden I Know


10:35am- Panel 2: Al-Qaeda Central: Drones and Allies



Peter BergenSenior Fellow, New America FoundationAuthor, The Osama bin Laden I KnowStephen TankelVisiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Author, Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba (forthcoming)

Anne Stenersen

Research Fellow, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI)

Author, Al-Qaeda’s Quest for Weapons of Mass Destruction


Susan Glasser

Executive Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine


11:30am- Panel 3: Al-Qaeda Central: Strategic Communication



Daniel KimmageSenior Fellow, Homeland Security Policy InstituteJoshua GeltzerEditor-in-Chief, Yale Law JournalAuthor, U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View


Steve Coll

President, New America Foundation

Author, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001


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